Local Government

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th July 2018.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 156335 on Local Government, what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) subject of directions made by his Department to local authorities in the last year.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The information requested is not collected centrally but from available information, which may not capture all directions, my Department has issued the following directions to local authorities in the past year.

Subject of direction made by MHCLG

Number

Housing Act 2004

Direction to all local housing authorities under section 3(3) of the Housing Act 2004 instructing them to pay particular regard to cladding related issues when reviewing housing in their areas

1

Local Government Act 1999

Direction to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council under section 15(5) and (6) of the Local Government Act 1999 returning 5 additional functions to the Council previously operated by Commissioners

1

Direction to Northamptonshire County Council under section 15(5) and (6) of the Local Government Act 1999 Act handing over functions to Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State

1

Local Government Act 2003

Direction under Section 16(2) of the Local Government Act 2003 to all local authorities allowing them to fund the revenue costs of service transformation from capital receipts for a six year period ending on 31 March 2022 without prior government consent provided they have regard to statutory guidance

1

Direction to the London Borough of Lambeth under Section 16(2) of the Local Government Act 2003 allowing the £100million capitalisation of revenue expenditure to finance a redress scheme for the survivors of historic sexual abuse

1

Direction to Fenland District Council under Section 16(2) of the Local Government Act 2003 allowing the £2million capitalisation of revenue expenditure to finance the payment of a section 75 pension liability

1

Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013

Direction under the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013 to local authorities in their capacity as Local Government Pension Fund Administering Authorities instructing that the pension interests of an employer may be allocated to a particular fund

10

Local Government Act 1986

Direction to the London Borough of Hackney under section 4A of the Local Government Act 1986 on compliance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity

2

Direction to the London Borough of Waltham Forest under section 4A of the Local Government Act 1986 on compliance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity

2

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Direction under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 calling in a planning application for determination by the Secretary of State

12

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

Article 31 (holding) direction to local planning authorities under section 31 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 delaying the granting of planning permission until the Secretary of State has decided whether or not to call-in an application

28

Local Government and Housing Act 1989

Direction under sections 74(3)(d) and 87 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 relating to the holding of housing in a local authority’s General Fund

4

Direction under section 87 of and Item 9 of Part I and Item 10 of Part II of Schedule 4 to the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to allow local authorities to account for Discretionary Housing Payments to social tenants in the Housing Revenue Account

13

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